Mumbaiites, here’s how much time you’ll save if you travel by the bullet train within the city
Estimated travel time in Maharashtra prepared by the National High Speed Rail Corporation LimitedUpdated: Feb 19, 2018 15:07 IST
While India’s first high-speed bullet train will cut down commute time between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, more importantly perhaps, it will save Mumbai commuters a lot of time within the city itself. From Thane, you will be able to reach Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) in just 10 minutes. Currently, it takes 30 minutes by a local train, and 50 minutes to one hour by road.
The further you stay, the more time you’ll save — the approximate travel time from Virar to BKC will be cut to 24 minutes, compared to the 40-minute crowded local train ride, or the tortuous two-hour road journey; while Boisar to BKC will be a mere 39 minutes, against close to three hours on road, or approximately 90 minutes by train.
The estimated travel time in Maharashtra has been prepared by the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL).
However, your commute is not going to be cheap.
The NHSCRL’s approximate fare range is 1.5 times higher than the fare of the first-class AC local, officials said. For a one-way journey from Virar to BKC, a commuter will have to pay Rs500, while Thane-BKC will come to Rs 250, and Boisar-BKC will cost Rs750.
The tentative fare structure, along with a prototype of the bullet train, is currently on display in a kiosk at the three-day Magnetic Maharashtra conclave, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday.
In all, the 508-km bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad will stop at 12 stations — BKC, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati - and take a little over two hours to complete the journey. Currently, the fastest train on this route takes around seven hours.
First Published: Feb 19, 2018 12:23 IST